Spieth, 19, earned the opportunity because of his strong play. He has earned $521,893 in four starts at PGA Tour events this season, surpassing the total earnings of the player that finished No. 150 on the 2012 money list ($474,295). That will allow Spieth, who turned professional in December, to accept unlimited sponsor’s exemptions for remainder of the season in PGA Tour events.
Spieth, who finished in a tie for seventh at last week’s Tampa Bay Championship, already has accepted a sponsor’s exemption to compete at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, May 13-19 in Irving. His top-10 finish in Tampa earned him a spot in the field at next week’s Shell Houston Open.
_ Jimmy Burch